Police in Colorado are taking a "strong look" at whether a suspect shot dead by police in Texas is the same man wanted in the killing of Colorado's prison chief. The man was gunned down after a wild chase in a car that was similar to one seen leaving the Colorado home where Tom Clements was shot dead as he answered his door.
CNN correspondent Ed Lavandera has more live from Decatur, Texas this morning. “The chase started when a Sheriffs Deputy tried to the Cadillac over on a remote stretch of Texas highway,” Lavadera reports. “Deputy James Boyd was shot twice in the chest, but he was wearing a bullet proof vest and is expected to survive. That triggered a long high speed chase.”
Lavandera says "The Denver Post," quoting federal and state officials, identified the suspect as 28-year-old Evan Spencer Ebel, a parolee from the Denver area. “The Post says Ebel is the focus of the investigation into the murder of Tom Clements, the director of Colorado's prison system. In a press release Thursday night, El PasoCounty investigators in Colorado did not deny the accuracy of the reports but instead criticized the leak of Evan Ebel's name by law enforcement sources.”
A shooting that prompted a lockdown for hours at a Marine base in Virginia ended with three dead early Friday, including the gunman, authorities said.
Sgt. Christopher Zahn said they were notified of the shooting at Marine Corps Base Quantico late Thursday.
One person was fatally shot, and the gunman barricaded himself into a room, he said.
Using a public address system, police announced a base lockdown as the shooter was holed up inside a building.
Law enforcement officials from the base and the Prince William County surrounded the area.
When they finally entered the building, they found the gunman dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a second victim, he said.
The lockdown ended early Friday, a few hours after it started,.
The suspect was a staff member at the Officer Candidate School, according to Capt Eric Flanagan, a Marine Corps spokesman. The motive is unknown.
The manhunt for a killer continues in Colorado this morning. Police are searching for leads as to who gunned down the chief of the state's corrections department and a possible motive for the murder.
The family of 58 year-old Tom Clements says they lost a devoted husband and father. He was shot in cold blood Tuesday night as he opened the front door to his home outside of Denver. Authorities have not identified a suspect or a motive but want to talk to a woman who may have been seen walking in the area. Investigators are also looking for the driver of car seen in Clements' neighborhood the night of the murder. Jim Spellman is live in Denver with the latest on the search.
“So far, there are few leads, only a car seen idling nearby around the time of the shooting,” Spellman reports. “The same witness who saw the car idling near the crime scene, minutes later saw it driving…towards Interstate 25. Near the on-ramp to the interstate, there are numerous cameras. Police are checking them to see if they spot the car.”
Even by dramatic jailbreak standards, this escape was particularly brazen.
Two men posing as tourists reportedly commandeered a helicopter from a Canadian tour company, ordered the pilot to fly over a detention center near Montreal, hoisted two inmates using cables or ropes into the hovering aircraft - and zipped away.
All in broad daylight. All in full view of incredulous witnesses.
But despite the movie-worthy getaway, the prisoners' freedom didn't last long. By early Monday morning, authorities arrested both inmates and two other people.
CNN's Paula Newton reports on this brazen prison break on "Early Start" this morning.
A man suspected of killing four people and injuring two others in a 10-minute shooting spree in Herkimer County, New York, is believed to be surrounded by police, authorities said Wednesday.
The upstate New York man also is believed to have blown up his house, according to a federal law enforcement source briefed on the investigation.
Policing searching for Kurt R. Myers, 64, surrounded an abandoned building, State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Myers ditched his vehicle following shootings at a barber shop and an auto maintenance business, police said.
This morning on "Early Start," Deb Feyerick reports on the latest in the search.
A standoff at a beachside Oregon motel ended Tuesday evening with the focus of the police's attention - the suspect in his grandparents' deaths over the weekend - being taken from his room and transported away in an ambulance.
Members of a "tactical team" entered the Lincoln City, Oregon, room of 26-year-old Michael Boysen around 7 p.m. (10 p.m. ET), emerging with no injuries, said city police Chief Keith Killian. The suspect had suffered apparently self-inflicted cuts, he added.
The image of him on a stretcher being placed in a waiting ambulance closed a day full of drama at the WestShore OceanFront Suites.
Boysen was taken into custody about an hour after authorities used water cannons to blast down part of the front door to the suspect's room, a move that showed authorities' intent to "just kind of step ... things up a little bit," according to Killian.
Dan Simon reports the latest on "Early Start" this morning.
A small Georgia town may soon require every household to own a firearm - a law that, if passed, would make it the second town in the state to mandate gun ownership.
City council members in Nelson, a town of 1,300 people north of Atlanta, unanimously approved the proposal at a meeting this week. Citizens now have a chance to review the proposal before the council takes it up again in April.
The law would give every family the right to protect themselves and their property "without worrying about prosecution for protecting themselves," Cronic told the meeting. He said the proposal was modeled on a similar law in nearby Kennesaw, Georgia, that has been on the books since 1982.
This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Shannon Travis reports on this controversial proposed law.
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Osama bin Laden's son-in-law is scheduled to be in a New York City courtroom Friday morning to face charges of trying to kill Americans.
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who served as an al Qaeda spokesman, was captured and taken to the United States, federal officials announced Thursday.
Abu Ghaith was captured within the past week in Jordan, according to a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Peter King of New York. He was charged in a federal indictment with conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals, the Department of Justice announced.
This morning on "Early Start," CNN's Susan Candiotti previews today's arraignment in federal court in New York.
A new investigative report in the Boston Globe reveals shocking holes in the U.S. immigration system. According to the series, the U.S. government is quietly releasing thousands of dangerous illegal immigrants, including murderers and rapists, back onto American streets, because their home countries won't take them back. All this while detaining harmless and often sick immigrants for months at a time. Maria Sacchetti is the reporter for the Boston Globe who broke this story. She joins “Early Start” live from Boston this morning.
The names of the immigrant offenders are classified. The immigration system has “always said that they believe this is a private matter, that they need to protect the immigrant’s privacy,” Sacchetti reports, “so they won’t release the criminals’ names.”
Sacchetti says the Globe's report thus focuses on the secrecy of the immigration system. "Immigration has become the largest law enforcement system in the country. And very much unlike the police or the FBI, they operate largely in secret. So their arrests are secret. Their detentions are secret."
Alina Cho gives the latest on missing FBI agent Stephen Ivens who was last seen Thursday night by his wife. 100 FBI agents and dozens more law enforcement officers have been on a manhunt to find Ivens who is said to be despondent and possibly suicidal.